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 V.17 No.33 | August 14 - 20, 2008 

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Twofer Tuesday

Doesn’t Kill Spiders and Frostbite share a bill at Misty’s Hideaway (Eubank and Constitution NE, 21+) this Tuesday, Aug. 19, for $5. There will be mermaids. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Death Vessel Nothing is Precious Enough for Us · Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song · Trapt Only Through The Pain...

Contrary to what you might assume given its moniker, Death Vessel is actually quite cheery. Acoustic folk set to a slow gallop and held together by the pitter-patter of guitar strings is a wee bit eerie but hardly the stuff of nightmares. Lead singer Joel Thibodeau's falsetto beckons you, and there's something quaint and old-timey about the band's approach. Perhaps it's the frequent influx of banjo, mandolin and lap steel, which are put to use without overpowering the mostly quiet aesthetic. Relaxing, but not at all bland, Nothing is Precious Enough for Us is a luminous and altogether charming record that acknowledges melancholy without letting it win. (SM)

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Marc Foman cradles a baby blue Mustang in one of his shop's soundproof lesson rooms.
Tina Larkin

On the Scene

Survival of the Friendliest

Marc’s Guitar Center celebrates 30 years of selling "the world’s most popular instrument"

As soon as you step in the door at Marc's Guitar Center, you're greeted by a long wall of electric beauties.

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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